#JaVotes2016: Roberts complains of malfunctioning electoral machines

first_imgPatrick Roberts, the man who has been chosen by the People’s National Party (PNP) to unseat leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness in St Andrew West Central is very displeased. Both Holness and Roberts crossed path at the Dupont Primary School, located on Olympic Way in the constituency. As Holness did earlier, Roberts expressed concern about the slow pace of the electoral machines being used in seven of the 63 constituencies, complaining that they are frustrating the electoral process. But unlike Holness, Roberts was fuming. He charged that some of the machines are malfunctioning. This, he said, has slowed up the process considerably. As such, Roberts charged that persons administering the electoral process in the constituency are taking as much as half hour per voter.last_img read more

Nathan Carter leads tributes as Donegal says sad farewell to Áine Friel

first_imgThe people of Fanad will say goodbye to a dear friend today as Áine Friel is laid to rest.Ms Friel passed away on Sunday at the age of 28.She has been fondly remembered as an inspirational community leader and a positive presence with a contagious zest for life. Large crowds are expected at the funeral of Ms Friel this Wednesday morning, with Requiem Mass taking place at St. Columba’s Church from 11am.Ms Friel was well-known for her determination to overcome the challenges she faced in her short life. Born with brittle bone disease, she was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities and was a much-loved former colleague of the Donegal Centre for Independent Living.Tributes have poured in from across Donegal and beyond following the shocking and heartbreaking news of Aine’s passing.Irish Country Music star Nathan Carter, who counted Áine has one of his biggest fans, posted a touching message online in her honour. Carter said: “Áine was a lovely girl who loved her music & supported me since I started out! RIP Áine you will be sadly missed!!”Gaeil Fhánada CLG offered their condolences to Áine’s large circle of family and friends, saying: “Áine, from Cashelprehan in Portsalon was one of Fanad’s best-known citizens. Áine took on all of life’s challenges with a steely determination and a positive attitude and lived life to the fullest at every opportunity.“Áine truly was a member of her community, she knew everybody, and was known by everybody. She was a member of Gaeil Fhánada for many years, and a former committee member for a time as well, helping with PR duties – involved in the social media end of things.“She will be sadly missed by many people, not only in our parish, but across the county and beyond.”Áine was also a fantastic tourism ambassador for her home area. Through her beautiful photography and community outreach, she always promoted the beauty of Fanad.Local organisations such as Fanad Lighthouse, Fanad Coastal Group and Portsalon Luxury Camping have also celebrated Áine’s endeavours this week.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis Nathan Carter leads tributes as Donegal says sad farewell to Áine Friel was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aine friel riplast_img read more

Eureka wins coin toss, advances to state championships

first_imgIn a season which has so far featured exclusively convincing wins, it was a toss of a coin which brought the Eureka Loggers as close as they had come to a defeat.Eureka won its coin-flip tie-breaker against Cardinal Newman Sunday morning at the NCS office in San Ramon.Cardinal Newman, the higher seeded team, made the call of tails. The coin landed with heads showing, and the Loggers emerged from what has been a historically chaotic month of playoff prep football.No. 1 Cardinal Newman (11-1) …last_img

Plants Use Electrical Sunscreen

first_imgPerhaps only a scientist, or a kid, would worry about how a plant doesn’t get sunburn, but it took elaborate scientific work for six months to find the answer.  EurekAlert told about research at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State that found how plants get rid of excess solar energy.  They use carotenoids, molecules responsible for the yellow color of fruits and vegetables, like electrical wires to convey excess electrons safely away from their light-harvesting machines: “Carotenoids act as ‘wires’ to carry away the extra sunlight energy in the form of unwanted electrons, somehow wicking away the extra electrons across long distances from locations that could damage plant tissues and photosynthesis.”    It’s no wonder these wires were not found earlier.  They are a “miniscule 2.8 nanometers long and less than a single nanometer thick, or about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.”  Carotenoids are not particularly conductive, but exceed the specifications required by the plant.  The surprise was that these molecules are able to shuttle the electrons across their surfaces without becoming oxidized themselves.  The new work sheds light on the process of photoprotection, “an intricate internal defense mechanism, … which acts like sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful rays.”  See also our 01/24/2005 entry on photoprotection, “one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”Do a word search in this article for anything about evolution.  We got “word not found.”  The research was not motivated by or benefited by evolutionary speculation.  The scientists just wanted “to more fully understand how photosynthesis works.”  Students use similar motivation in auto shop without assuming car engines evolved from rocks.    Notice where this research came from: the Biodesign Research Institute at U of A, whose starting point is “exploring the remarkable structure and function of living systems…. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, our bold new approach ensures that discoveries are rapidly translated into real-world benefits.”  (We left out the sentence in the middle that made no sense: “From microbes to man, these systems have been honed by thousands of years of natural selection.”  At least thousands is down from millions, and the sentence could be interpreted to mean that the systems were already present.)  Anyway, good research is flowing from another of the popular new interdisciplinary academic centers seeking to understand and apply biological design (05/13/2006, 06/25/2005).  The Darwin Party has nothing to offer this new trend in biodesign research and should get out of the way.  This is intelligent design science at work: stimulating and productive.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA, Ghana to fast-track cooperation

first_img28 June 2013 South Africa and Ghana are committed to fast-tracking the implementation of an economic and technical co-operation agreement signed in 2011, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe told a business seminar in Accra on Thursday. Thabethe is leading a delegation of South African businesspeople on a trade and investment mission to Ghana. “Relations between South Africa and Ghana have matured over the years, and the increase in bilateral trade from US$32-million in 2008 to $60.9-million is indicative of this maturity,” Thabethe said. “As much as relations have matured, I believe there exists further potential to increase trade, particularly in value-added products between our two countries and the region,” Thabethe said. “With the recent discovery of oil, I would urge Ghana to take advantage of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone for the servicing of oil and gas rigs and for broader upstream exploration.” Thabethe also announced that South Africa would be taking a National Pavilion to the Ghana International Trade Fair in 2014. Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry Haruna Idrissu, also addressing Thursday’s seminar, expressed Ghana’s commitment to deepening economic trade with South Africa. “It is my belief that we present to you the most conducive conditions to conducting business in Ghana. Our constitution is against expropriation, and we are assuring you of significant openness to trading. “We welcome South African entities that want to invest in any sector, and are prepared to assist all value-adding projects. Entities looking to invest in Ghana on private-public partnerships will be incentivised, particularly those in the agro-processing sector,” Idrissu said. South Africa’s high commissioner in Ghana, Jeanette Ndhlovu, said the time for resolutions and declarations was now over. “We now have to move for concrete action,” she said. The mission was due to continue on Friday with business-to-business meetings between South African and Ghanaian companies, as well as site visits to industry related projects Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – June 5th

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Weather Outlook from Ohio Ag Net Chief Meteorologist Ryan MartinSo, today is the wet blanket on our week. The second half of the week, tomorrow through Friday looks awesome! Sunny, dry, pleasant with low relative humidity and gradually warming temps. But here is today, standing in stark contrast. I’ll be honest. I feel we should be sunny, dry and pleasant, but instead, we are having to deal with clouds wrapping around a strong low off to the northeast and those clouds have the potential to drop a bit of precipitation on us too. This is one of those meteorological set ups that don’t make a lot of sense, but they are what they are. We don’t like it. We just can’t stand back and not acknowledge the pesky moisture that can be around. So, today we will see clouds dominate most of our day over most of the state, and we won’t rule out scattered showers too, potentially giving a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch over 90% of the state. The map likely is a little too zealous on the moisture totals…we think a few hundredths to a tenth will be a fairly common report, but still, it’s a lot more liquid around than we would like, given our day yesterday, and what we have coming the rest of the week. Timing is basically through the day, with the action starting up north this morning and spreading south through this afternoon into this evening. The map shows totals through midnight tonight (again, they are probably a little high for our thoughts, but the coverage is likely close). We need to stress that there is not a lot of water to work with here. But, if there is something you truly don’t want wet today, cover it up (I did).Now, after we get done with the dry second half of the week, we do have a bit of moisture coming in for the weekend. Action does not look quite as strong this morning, but we still need to keep rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. At this time, we will put rain totals at .25”-1.” over about 90% of the state. Thunderstorms will be needed to get into the upper end of the range, and we see some good thunderstorm chances. However, they are spread out over a larger part of the state than our previous look.Dry behind this system to start next week, Monday and Tuesday, and this morning we are taking rain out at midweek, allowing for a completely dry period Monday through Friday of next week. Temps look to be normal to above normal for the period as well. A nice front arrives for next Saturday, bringing potential for .25”-.75” over the entire state.The rest of the extended period shows another front dragging across the state for the 18th, and then another system threatening the region around the 21st into the 22nd.last_img read more